— LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Three winning tickets in two states matched all the numbers for a $448.4 million Powerball jackpot, including one sold in a supermarket in a New Jersey coastal community hit hard by Superstorm Sandy last year.
The other winning tickets were sold in central New Jersey and in Minnesota.
"Hopefully, it's somebody who lives in the area, and this is their reward for having gone through this," said Carol Blackford, a retiree whose home in Little Egg Harbor was flooded with knee-high water during Sandy last October. "And if they want to share, we're here."
And even if the winner wasn't someone devastated by the storm, this community just a few miles from where Sandy made landfall will benefit from the jackpot.
Phil Weber, director of the Acme Markets store where the winning ticket was sold, said Thursday that the store would donate $10,000 in gift cards to local charities. Weber said some of the store's employees are still out of their homes more than nine months after the storm. The store itself has been making donations since Sandy, Weber said.
He said he has not learned yet what the store's share will be.
No winners had claimed the jackpot by midday Thursday.
The other tickets were sold in a Super Shop & Shop store in South Brunswick, N.J., and somewhere in Anoka County, Minn., which includes the city of Anoka and other suburbs north of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The exact location wasn't revealed.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were: 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32. During the telecast, Powerball officials announced the jackpot that was pegged at $425 million previously in the day had grown amid a buying frenzy.
Each winning ticket was worth $86 million before taxes, or $58.3 million after taxes, if taken in a lump sum. They are worth $149.4 million over 30 years if the winners choose the annuity option.